Q&A: Mostly, The Young Denmark Punk Exports In Iceage Are Worried About The Texas Heat...

Another week, another interesting musical export from Scandinavia invades our shores.

This time, it's Iceage, a band of 18- to 20-year-olds from Copenhagen making fiercely good punk music. Already, their June-released debut album, New Brigade, has been named as one of the top 40 best albums of the year so far by the English music site The Quietus. Also in June, the band played a small handful of high-impact shows in New York.

This week, they're launching their first tour assault on America. The third show of their tour finds the band stopping off at Denton's Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Sunday night.

In advance of the band's performance, we were able to score some phone time with the band while they were back in Denmark, preparing for the upcoming tour. Like their music, the band's answers were short and to the point.

You guys are only a bit above the age to drive in Denmark, but you live in a city where driving is not absolutely required. Anyone in the band going to be helping with the driving across the U.S. on this tour?
Johan: No. I've been trying to take driver's license for two years.

Anybody's parents along for the ride?
Elias: No. [But] Jacob's dad might come to Pennsylvania and visit some friends and see our
show there.

Looking at your blog, it looks as if things get pretty intense with the audience when you play. Any difference in the audiences between Scandinavia and the few shows you've done in the USA?
Elias: Yes, in some ways. There are no familiar faces in U.S.

With the legal drinking age 16 in Denmark, are you finding it a little crazy to not legally have a beer at the venues you are playing at here?
Elias: Sometimes, it's annoying. Sometimes, it works out anyway.

20°C (70°F) is considered "hot" on a summer day in Copenhagen. In the U.S., it's been closer to 40°C (100°C) of late. Worried a bit about the heat?
Elias: Yes. Fire!

What is some of the music have you are bringing to listen to in the van?
KISS. PJ Bondemand's Hey Ronnie. Nature & Organisation's self-titled.

Iceage performs Sunday, July 17, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton

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